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Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 6:57am

Nearly 60 years ago, William Krisel did everything he could to break the monotony of tract housing. In the process, he proved that Modernism could be both livable and affordable.

Stand-Up Bridges Decades-Long Boundaries — By Crossing The Line

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:45am

In Pakistan, a stand-up comic is sharing the stage with another comedian from the old enemy, India. The comics believe laughter is the best medicine for their conflict-blighted region.

Fresh Air Weekend: Trevor Noah; The I Don't Cares' Debut; 'Narconomics'

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:00am

Noah discusses The Daily Show and growing up in South Africa. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Wild Stab, the debut album by The I Don't Cares. Tom Wainwright explains the business models of drug cartels.

'Numero Zero' Reprises Umberto Eco's Fascination With 'Losers'

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

Italian author Umberto Eco died yesterday at the age of 84. We recall last year's conversation between the author and Scott Simon.

'World Of Tomorrow' Animated Short Explores What It Means To Be Human

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

Linda Wertheimer talks with Don Hertzfeldt about his Oscar-nominated animated short, "World of Tomorrow."

Harper Lee Remembered As Reclusive

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

Linda Wertheimer talks to Harper Lee's longtime friend Wayne Flynt about the late author. He will deliver Lee's eulogy.

Translator Behind Elena Ferrante Novels Says Her Job Is To Be An 'Enabler'

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 5:57am

Ann Goldstein is the translator for the mysterious novelist's popular Neapolitan series. She says her role is to "enable someone to express him or herself as much as he or she possibly can."

Italian Author And Philosopher Umberto Eco Dead At 84

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 8:24pm

Internationally acclaimed Italian author Umberto Eco has died, according to his American publisher. He was 84. He launched his career as a novelist with The Name of the Rose in 1980.

Small Batch: 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:53pm

We talk with Barrie Hardymon of NPR's Weekend Edition about the book that was, for most of her life, Harper Lee's only published novel.

Harper Lee's Depiction of 'Polarization In A Southern Town' Defines Legacy

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Lizzie Skurnick, cultural critic of Harper Lee's books, about what she will be most remembered for.

The Measure Of Harper Lee: A Life Shaped By A Towering Text

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 1:08pm

The author, who died Friday at 89, lived for decades in the shadow of her iconic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Yet there was more to Lee than her characters, however beloved they may remain.

Long-Term Devastation Springs From A Hasty Judgment Call In 'A War'

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:38pm

Tobias Lindholm's Oscar-nominated film tells the story of a Danish commander's error in judgment during the war in Afghanistan. Critic David Edelstein says A War will "leave you in pieces."

Frame-By-Frame, Filmmakers Make The Mundane Miraculous In 'Anomalisa'

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:38pm

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss their Oscar-nominated film. Anomalisa's stop-motion "communicates fragility and humanity and brokenness," Kaufman says. Originally broadcast Dec. 22, 2015.

It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:38pm

The director's Oscar-nominated film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind, and includes the characters Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy. Originally broadcast June 10, 2015.

'Race' Brings Jesse Owens And The 1936 Olympics To The Screen

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:59am

While Race is, for a while, a conventional athlete biopic, once the story begins to balance the many forces that pulled on Owens and complicated his story, it gets more interesting.

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee Dies

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 10:26am

Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for the novel that was published in 1960 and didn't publish another book for more than 50 years afterward. She avoided the spotlight her entire life. She was 89.

Harper Lee, Author Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' Dies At Age 89

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 10:00am

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer died in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala. Published in 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird has sold tens of millions of copies and been translated into dozens of languages.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hail, Caesar!' And Backstage Stories

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 8:11am

On this week's show, the Coen Brothers' 17th feature, the appeal of tales of filmmaking and other creative pursuits, and what's making us happy this week.

Italian Prime Minister Botches His Attempt To Read Borges

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:42pm

Matteo Renzi was visiting Argentina and thought he would read a poem by the country's most famous literary icon. He thought wrong: The poem he picked was emphatically not by Jorge Luis Borges.

A Father And Son Among Tumbling Tumbleweeds Of The Familiar

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:00pm

Donald and Kiefer Sutherland appear together in a Western with little to offer beyond the usual formulas.




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